Learned Helplessness

On Learned Helplessness

   And Replacing It With Learned Optimism Instead

Thank you to  KMMA Blackbelt Leadership Student Eric St. Martin, who sent me this video.

In it, the teacher does an amazing job illustrating to the students how helplessness is learned, via a real-world, real-time, example.

This is important information for all of us, and especially anyone responsible for the raising of kids.


After I watched that video, which was poignant and powerful to me as I’ve seen people I care about fall into that cycle, YouTube rolled into this one which I also watched, and which is also very useful in understanding the phenomenon.


But what I really loved about this one is that he also showed the anecdote and, in fact, exactly the model that we use at Krav Maga Martial Arts to createconfident, competent, resourceful and resilient leaders…

The model that we call Blackbelt Leadership is exactly the opposite of leaned helplessness; it’s learned Excellence!

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What’s Important Next (WIN)

   90 Days Left Until 2023!

  1. Nothing Changes until something changes. If you’re not a student yet, you can fix that now! 

  2. If you are, today is day one of the 4th Quarter Curriculum! I’m rocking the floor today and tomorrow and I hope to see you!

    • Even though your graduation is now Oct. 16 and you will receive your new belts and certificates then, you will attend class this week based on your new rank. So if you are promoting from orange to purple, you are now Sophomore, Level Two! If you are promoting to Brown, you move from level 2 to Junior, Level 3!

    • Here is the schedule.

  3. IAN ruined our plans for our Blackbelt Retreat, Krav Camp, and Blackbelt Extravaganza this weekend- BUT DIDN’T RUNI OUR PLAN! We just had to shift a little.


Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo

Author, MBA & 7th Degree Blackbelt

Founder & Chief Master Instructor,

Krav Maga Martial Arts




About Grandmaster Stephen J. Del Castillo: Grandmaster Del Castillo is the founding Master Instructor of Krav Maga Martial Arts and has been empowering lives in Pasco and Hillsborough Counties since October of 2000. He is a 7th degree Blackbelt, MBA, author, mentor and success coach, a US Army Veteran and a proud father and grandfather. He is married to Ms. Barbara Del Castillo who helps him run the school. Grand Master Del Castillo began his training in the early 80’s and has high level blackbelts in Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Premier Martial Arts and Krav Maga Martial Arts as well as experience in kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do and Jiujitsu. He has high level instructor certifications from BBSI, IKMF, and KMG and has been featured in numerous Martial Arts publications and also Success magazine. He was a competitive sport karate and American Kickboxing instructor until he enlisted in the US Army where he served in the 82nd Airborne Division, where he won an Army Green to Gold scholarship and proceeded to ROTC and the University of Tampa. He was commissioned in 1992 and went on to serve in Germany with the 3rd Infantry Division and then in several other posts in the US until he left military service to pursue his dream of creating KMMA in 2000.

The Krav MagaMartial Arts Headquarters is in Lutz, FL at 1900 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., 33549. Krav Maga Martial Arts serves Lutz, Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel, and surrounding areas.

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